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Author Masur, Louis P.

Title The soiling of Old Glory : the story of a photograph that shocked America / Louis P. Masur.

Published New York : Bloomsbury Press : Distributed to the trade by Holtzbrinck Publishers, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  974.46100496 MASU    AVAILABLE
Edition 1st U.S. ed.
Physical description xiv, 224 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 210-216) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. The Incident -- Ch. 2. Boston and Busing -- Ch. 3. The Photograph -- Ch. 4. Old Glory -- Ch. 5. The Impact -- Ch. 6. Reverberations.
Summary "Sometimes a moment can change history. This one took 1/250th of a second. The photograph strikes us with visceral force, even years after the instant it captured. A white man, rage written on his face, lunges to spear a black man who is being held by another white. His weapon is the American flag. Newsman Stanley Forman took the photo on April 5, 1976, as the city of Boston simmered with tension over forced school busing. Hurrying to City Hall to photograph that day's protest, Forman arrived just in time to snap the image that his editor would title The Soiling of Old Glory. The photo made headlines across the U.S. and won Forman his second Pulitzer Prize. It shocked not just Boston, but America: racial strife had not only not ended with the 1960s, it was alive and well in the cradle of liberty." "Louis P. Masur's evocative "biography of a photograph" unpacks this arresting image in a tour de force of historical writing. He examines the power of photography and the iconic value of the flag, asking why this one picture had so much impact. Most poignantly, Masur re-creates the moment and its aftermath, drawing on extensive interviews with those in the photo to reveal not just how the incident happened, but how it changed the lives of the people on both sides of the lens. The Soiling of Old Glory, like the photograph it is named for, offers a dramatic window onto the turbulence of the 1970s, race in America, and the meaning of the American flag."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Flags -- Desecration -- United States -- Pictorial works.
Photojournalism -- Social aspects -- United States -- Case studies.
Photojournalism -- Political aspects -- United States -- Case studies.
Protest movements -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- 20th century.
Busing for school integration -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- History -- 20th century.
African Americans -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews.
Whites -- Massachusetts -- Boston -- Interviews.
Interviews -- Massachusetts -- Boston.
Boston (Mass.) -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Race relations -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 9781596913646 (alk. paper)
1596913649 (alk. paper)